I’ve known Holly for quite a few years now and have had the opportunity to serve alongside her in Connecting Point, a ministry she serves in at the church we attend together. Holly is the type of person that people like to be around; she is friendly, easy to talk to, encouraging, caring, and has a BIG HEART for loving people. I have always admired Holly, so when she agreed to share how God is using her to encourage his people in her career, I was delighted that you, too, would get to take a peek into Holly’s Life!
Inspiring Hope Stories are about all kinds of people – some who are struggling with a life challenge and choosing to make the best of it, other people are sharing the good news of the Gospel serving on Mission Trips or locally in the communities where God has placed them. You don’t have to be famous to be inspiring! It’s how you live your life that is inspiring to people! That’s just what Holly is doing right here in Topeka, Kansas! I am thankful to know Holly and I’m glad that you get to meet her, too.
Here is Holly’s Story…
My name is Holly Chavez; I work with victims of Severe Violence through Restorative Justice Programs.
God has always called me to take care of others, which is what fueled my area of study in college. After working over 10 years in corrections and mental health, he has brought me to a place where I get the amazing opportunity to help people start their healing process. Working in victim services is something that I am honored to get to do, however, it does require that I lean on the support of God and his guidance to be able to hear of the harm people experience.
God has helped me be able to do this work by placing people in my life who show me how he works in them. Their faith and belief in Him are what gets a lot of victims through the hard part of healing after the trauma they have experienced. Some of the everyday miracles I have been blessed to be a part of include hearing a victim share that I have shown her how to live again. I give that glory to God, who equipped me with a gift of listening and the ability to show compassion for others.
God pushes me every day to be the person he wants me to be. He places me in situations that test me to be faithful and true to myself. He pushes me to lean on him in times when I struggle and that helps me be a better victim services advocate. I am an instrument of His and there is a daily reminder of his love for me.